Bottle Brush

We had these Bottle Brush planted a few years ago and they have made it through some cold weather.  I thought I would lose them a few years ago, but they keep coming back.  I LOVE the deep red, brush color and when the leaves shed for the winter, to me, they smell like cloves.

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Alien Invasion

UPDATE!!  I asked a horticulturist that we listen to on the radio every week what this could be and sent a photo.  This is actually a female Sego Palm and the red things are seeds!  Good thing I didn’t try to spray with something!

 

I was weed eating yesterday and noticed this in the middle of one of my “palms”.  I thought it looked alien like.  Do you know what it is?

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This is the inside of the Sego Palm that I have planted.  I have never seen the middle look like this.  A bigger photo:

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The one I have planted in the back looks like this, and normally what I see:

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That thing is scary and makes me want to dig it up and burn it before it invades!  smiley-face-scared

 

 

We Got Babies Everywhere!

I was looking out my kitchen window as I was drying the dishes, and noticed a female cardinal with a worm in its mouth.  Then it flew in to this antique pie safe that I have on my front porch.  I had to investigate!  I carefully went out the front door as I knew if I made too much noise, then the dogs would be all over and that would not be a good thing.  I looked all over and I have an old crock inside and pulled it out and sure enough, there was a nest with babies in it!  I carefully put it back and soon, mama was back with another worm!

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And Then There Were Three!

The last of the cow babies was born this evening and this one is a beaute too!  Very unique markings – dark brown with brown/white speckles on the rear end!  Greg made the comment there will be no issue with telling all of the babies apart.  Not sure yet what sex this one is.  A cutie patootie for sure!

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Mama is the all brown one – she was staying close!

 

Mollie inspecting the new addition
Mollie inspecting the new addition
Being born is tiring - nite nite
Being born is tiring – nite nite

I am Done!

In the front flower bed, that is.  I worked until 8:00 last night putting down the last of the mulch.  I decided to make flower beds within the big flower bed for my Mexican Heather and Dianthus.  A few years ago, I collected sand stone from our road to use for borders in another bed.  I thought this looked pretty cool and made the bed look different.

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I wanted to make a border around the Dianthus and found this brick that I had from my parent’s house that was used as a wall for their courtyard.  I didn’t have enough so used some river rock in between.

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I still have more to do in the back, but at least the front is done!

Half Way Done!

I planted some flowers that I bought yesterday and finished mulching on one side of the front flower beds.  Before I finish the other side, I want to buy more stuff!  I have an idea for fencing to keep the dogs out, just need to buy the supplies!

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Dianthus
Dianthus

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Zinnas

 

 

Ganzia
Ganzia
I found these little bird houses that I had from a few years ago
I found these little bird houses that I had from a few years ago

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Morning Glories coming up
Morning Glories coming up
Drift Roses
Drift Roses
My new Popcorn Drift Rose
My new Popcorn Drift Rose
Red Drift Rose
Red Drift Rose

A gardener’s work is never done!

 

I LOVE It in the Country!

The Spring time is my favorite to sit on the back porch in the early evening, drinking a cold beer and taking in the view.  I absolutely LOVE living in the country!  My back porch has the best view of our stock pond and is so peaceful — no traffic, no loud kids, no barking dogs (unless they are ours of course!).  My favorite time of year.  Everything is so green and pretty and I sit out there and admire my yard that I work so hard mowing and taking care of.  I thank the Lord for all I have!

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All mowed and weedeated!

 

 

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The Knockouts are really blooming
The Knockouts are really blooming

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Really???
Really???

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Spectacular!
Spectacular!

First Bloom

My yellow Knockout Rose has its first bloom on it.  I love this color.

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My red one has been blooming for a little while, but this is the first big one!

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And Another One Comes…..

I was in the Ranger just a little while ago going to see if I could spot the newborn and to see if another one of our heifers had given birth yet.  As I was going down the fence line, I spotted something little by one of the heifers.  I was able to get pretty close.  Another really cute cow baby.  I honestly don’t know if I correctly got the sex of the first baby born and not sure what this one is either.  I know how to determine the sex of baby kittens and puppies, but not cows!  Names may be determined later.  I have dubbed these babies HALP – Hereford, Angus, Longhorn, Pinzgauer!   Really, they are just CUTE!

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